Here’s today’s labor history:
The Homestead, Pennsylvania steel strike took place on this date in 1892. Seven strikers and three Pinkertons were killed after Andrew Carnegie hired armed thugs to protect strikebreakers.
In 1929, some 1,100 streetcar workers struck in New Orleans, spurring the creation of the “po’ boy” sandwich by a local sandwich shop owner and one-time streetcar man. "Whenever we saw one of the striking men coming," Bennie Martin later recalled, "one of us would say, ‘Here comes another poor boy.’" Martin and his wife fed any striker who showed up.
And on this date in 1983, copper miners begin a years-long, bitter strike against Phelps-Dodge in Clifton, Arizona. Democratic Governor Bruce Babbitt repeatedly deployed state police and National Guardsmen to assist the company over the course of the strike, which broke the union.
Today’s labor quote is by robber baron Jay Gould, who said:
“I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half.”